On the 3rd day of giving, support our military


December 15, 2012

As Arizona State University gears up to win the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Dec. 29, in San Francisco, the university is taking the opportunity to offer suggestions for 12 Days of Giving in order to make a big difference this season and celebrate the university’s outreach role in the community.

Day 3
Help our armed forces spend the holiday with their families. Download Full Image

ASU startup AlphaStripe, the social media platform for military members, veterans and civilian supporters to connect and document their experiences, has launched its "Home for the Holidays" initiative which will award up to four military members a roundtrip airline ticket to go home for the holidays.

Service men and women, along with their loved ones, are encouraged to visit AlphaStripe.com and share their best military related stories, along with photos and videos, to have a chance to win one of four roundtrip tickets home to reunite with their loved ones for the holidays.

AlphaStripe site members will then be invited to share their story via their social networks and collect Salutes (likes). The four stories with the most Salutes will be selected as the winners of the AlphaStripe Home for the Holidays competition.

"We want AlphaStripe to be a place where people connect and share their military-related life experiences," said Jason Brown, AlphaStripe co-founder and chief veterans affair’s officer. Brown is a veteran with over eight years of dedicated service in the U.S. Army which included four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Regardless of rank or financial need, we think that every person who held up their right hand in protection of this country should have the opportunity to be rewarded by the very people they are protecting," Brown says. "As a veteran, I understand fully the sacrifice these military members and their families make. The AlphaStripe Home for the Holidays competition is our humble attempt to honor you and yours for your amazing service to our country."

Submissions began Dec. 1 and end Dec. 20. The winners will be announced Dec. 21. Anyone with a military story to share is encouraged and welcomed to submit their story. Parties interested in supporting Home for the Holidays with sponsorship dollars are welcome to contact Brown via the AlphaStripe website.

Media contact:
Meagan Garrett, meagan.garrett@asu.edu
480-884-1814
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Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

On the 5th day of giving, develop a product for the disabled


December 17, 2012

As Arizona State University gears up to win the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Dec. 29, in San Francisco, the university is taking the opportunity to offer suggestions for 12 Days of Giving in order to make a big difference this season and celebrate the university’s outreach role in the community.

Day 5
Develop a product that benefits disabled individuals. Download Full Image

Imagine being unable to attend work or school, simply because mobility and rugged terrain prohibits you from leaving your front door. A student group, BooGood Bicycles, is seeking to find an end to this problem by providing sustainable hand-cycles made from bamboo to disabled individuals living in Africa.

While an undergraduate student in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, Derrick Loud was first introduced to the idea of designing a hand-cycle by a non-profit group called Sustainable Resources, a company that offers start-up assistance to projects and industries that provide basic needs, education or jobs to those in developing countries.

Due to the rough terrain in Malawi, Africa, a 10-year-old boy was not able to maneuver his wheelchair through the roads to his school, inevitably making it impossible for him to receive an education. When Loud heard about this, he was inspired to create a hand-cycle for his senior capstone project that would easily attach to the wheelchair that the boy currently had.

After completing the capstone and having his design sent to Africa, Loud realized that he didn’t want to stop there, but instead make a universal design using sustainable materials that could potentially help those with disability across the developing world. After being accepted into the biomedical engineering master’s program, Loud went about recruiting ASU seniors Kris Saunders and Salim Zeitoun, and BioScience High School senior Doug Liu to join the endeavor.  

With funding, the group is hoping to open a workshop in Kenya where workers will be trained to build the hand-cycles using only bamboo and recycled bikes parts. This, in turn, will provide jobs and stimulate the local economy. And since bamboo is a local and widely available material in Africa, the team will not have to worry about importing or exporting costly building materials.

Implementing their “buy one, build one” model, the BooGood Bicycles team plans to have one hand-cycle built in Africa and donated to someone in need for every bamboo bike they sell here in the United States.

Learn more about BooGood Bicycles.

Natasha Karaczan, natasha.karaczan@asu.edu
480-965-6991
Media Relations

 

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library